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Single Idea 20394

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / C. Artistic Issues / 6. Value of Art]

Full Idea

According to Hegel, the goal of art was to serve as a phase in a process by which Spirit would come to understand its own nature.

Gist of Idea

The purpose of art is to reveal to Spirit its own nature

Source

report of Georg W.F.Hegel (Lectures on Aesthetics [1835]) by Stephen Davies - The Philosophy of Art (2nd ed) 2.7

A Reaction

I try very hard to understand ideas like this. Really really hard. However, since I see little sign of 'Spirit' really understanding its own nature, I'm guessing that the project is not going well.

Book Reference

Davies,Stephen: 'The Philosophy of Art (2nd ed)' [Wiley Blackwell 2016], p.43